Thrills, Spills and Swills: 6 Crazy Things We’re Hoping To See at the Spirit Awards


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This Saturday, IFC will air the 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards LIVE at 5p ET/2p PT. That means we won’t have to wait until later to watch a delayed showing of all the happenings. But with that comes all the glorious shenanigans that can happen during a live show.

As Liz Lemon taught us during the live episodes of 30 Rock, we all need live television. Aside from the nerve it takes to get up in front of the hundreds of people in attendance, in addition to all the people watching at home, there’s that always present thought in the back of your mind that reminds you that anything can happen. No matter how much you prepare for what’s coming, there’s always something could go wrong or oh so right.

Here are some reminders of what can happen during award shows.

6. The Butchering of Names

John Travolta managed to stay out of the spotlight, but with just two words he became the laughing stock of the Internet. We’re all still asking ourselves how someone could mistake Idina Menzel for Adele Dazeem, but it happened and now that’s his legacy.

5. Streaking

Streaking is so five decades ago, but apparently it can still happen nowadays. Remember that time a streaker interrupted Hayden Panettiere on stage at the MTV Movie Awards? In his defense, he certainly made things more interesting.

4. Drunken Shenanigans

Emma Thompson taught us a valuable lesson during the 2014 Golden Globes: it’s super easy to get drunk at these events. Sometimes it’s nice to calm the nerves with some liquid courage, but too much can make you wanna go up on stage in front of your peers with your high heels in one hand and a cocktail in the other.

3. Unexpected Interruptions

No matter how much the producers and security guards prepare for the unexpected, if someone like Kanye West wants to interrupt Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech, they’re gonna. Thankfully Queen B was there to remedy this situation, but Beyonce is not always going to be there to save the day.

2. Random Makeout Sessions

First things first, Julia Louis-Dreyfus is one of the best people to have at your awards show. And second, she taught us all to expect the unimaginable. Were we expecting her and Bryan Cranston to rekindle their Seinfeld love affair before she walked up to accept an Emmy? No, but it was fantastic to watch.

1. Wipeouts

Heels are difficult to walk in. That’s a fact. Then add in some of the most extravagant floor-length dresses, and you’ve got a disaster on your hands. It doesn’t matter if you’re a self-professed klutz like Jennifer Lawrence or Meryl Streep, the “trip and fall” doesn’t discriminate.

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Holiday Extra Special

Make The Holidays ’80s Again

Enjoy the holiday cheer Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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Whatever happened to the kind of crazy-yet-cozy holiday specials that blanketed the early winter airwaves of the 1980s? Unceremoniously killed by infectious ’90s jadedness? Slow fade out at the hands of early-onset millennial ennui? Whatever the reason, nixing the tradition was a huge mistake.

A huge mistake that we’re about to fix.

Announcing IFC’s Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special, starring Tony Hale. It’s a celeb-studded extravaganza in the glorious tradition of yesteryear featuring Bridget Everett, Jo Firestone, Nick Thune, Jen Kirkman, house band The Dap-Kings, and many more. And it’s at Joe’s Pub, everyone’s favorite home away from home in the Big Apple.

The yuletide cheer explodes Wednesday December 21 at 10P. But if you were born after 1989 and have no idea what void this spectacular special is going to fill, sample from this vintage selection of holiday hits:

Andy Williams and The NBC Kids Search For Santa

The quintessential holiday special. Get snuggly and turn off your brain. You won’t need it.

A Muppet Family Christmas

The Fraggles. The Muppets. The Sesame Street gang. Fate. The Jim Henson multiverse merges in this warm and fuzzy Holiday gathering.

Julie Andrews: The Sound Of Christmas

To this day a foolproof antidote to holiday cynicism. It’s cheesy, but a good cheese. In this case an Alpine Gruyère.

Star Wars Holiday Special

Okay, busted. This one was released in 1978. Still totally ’80s though. And yes that’s Bea Arthur.

Pee Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special

Pass the eggnog, and make sure it’s loaded. This special is everything you’d expect it to be and much, much more.

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special premieres Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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It Ain't Over Yet

A Guide to Coping with the End of Comedy Bang! Bang!

Watch the final episodes tonight at 11 and 11:30P on IFC.

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After five seasons and 110 halved-hour episodes, Scott Aukerman’s hipster comedy opus, Comedy Bang! Bang!, has come to an end. Fridays at 11 and 11:30P will never be the same. We know it can be hard for fans to adjust after the series finale of their favorite TV show. That’s why we’ve prepared this step-by-step guide to managing your grief.

Step One: Cry it out

It’s just natural. We’re sad too.
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Step Two: Read the CB!B! IMDB Trivia Page

The show is over and it feels like you’ve lost a friend. But how well did you really know this friend? Head over to Comedy Bang! Bang!’s IMDB page to find out some things you may not have known…like that it’s “based on a Civil War battle of the same name” or that “Reggie Watts was actually born with the name Theodore Leopold The Third.”

Step Three: Listen to the podcast

One fascinating piece of CB!B! trivia that you might not learn from IMDB is that there’s a podcast that shares the same name as the TV show. It’s even hosted by Scott Aukerman! It’s not exactly like watching the TV show on a Friday night, but that’s only because each episode is released Monday morning. If you close your eyes, the podcast is just like watching the show with your eyes closed!

Step Four: Watch brand new CB!B! clips?!

The best way to cope with the end of Comedy Bang! Bang! is to completely ignore that it’s over — because it’s not. In an unprecedented move, IFC is opening up the bonus CB!B! content vault. There are four brand new, never-before-seen sketches featuring Scott Aukerman, Kid Cudi, and “Weird Al” Yankovic ready for you to view on the IFC App. There’s also one right here, below this paragraph! Watch all four b-b-bonus clips and feel better.

Binge the entire final season, plus exclusive sketches, right now on the IFC app.

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Everybody Sweats Now

The Four-Day Sweatsgiving Weekend On IFC

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This long holiday weekend is your time to gobble gobble gobble and give heartfelt thanks—thanks for the comfort and forgiveness of sweatpants. Because when it comes right down to it, there’s nothing more wholesome and American than stuffing yourself stupid and spending endless hours in front of the TV in your softest of softests.

So get the sweats, grab the remote and join IFC for four perfect days of entertainment.

It all starts with a 24-hour T-day marathon of Rocky Horror Picture Show, then continues Friday with an all-day binge of Stan Against Evil.

By Saturday, the couch will have molded to your shape. Which is good, because you’ll be nestled in for back-to-back Die Hard and Lethal Weapon.

Finally, come Sunday it’s time to put the sweat back in your sweatpants with The Shining, The Exorcist, The Chronicles of Riddick, Terminator 2, and Blade: Trinity. They totally count as cardio.

As if you need more convincing, here’s Martha Wash and the IFC&C Music Factory to hammer the point home.

The Sweatsgiving Weekend starts Thursday on IFC

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